Category Archives: Friends

Congratulations to… Jalil and Sharim

After about seven years of marriage Sharim is expecting a baby Afnan! Jalil and Sharim have been in Boston for more than two years now, Jalil went there to do medical research, Sharim continued working for the same law firm as she did in London, and both of them have found the work environment better than here in the UK.

Jalil is also running in the 110th Boston Marathon, a full 26 mile race, on 17th April and is fund-raising for charity.

May he live in peace for evermore…

Ebrahim Alaeinia
22/12/1933 – 19/09/2005

As mentioned in my recent blog entry, Mr. Alaeinia passed away in Iran following a sudden and unexpected heart attack which sent him into a coma from which he sadly did not recover. The delay caused by the coma did, at least, enable some loved ones to be by his side before his passing.

Mr Alaeinia was present at our wedding and also visited when Ladan was in intensive care in the first week following Ladan’s fall into a coma.

Several services have been held for Mr Alaeinia both in the United Kingdom and in Iran and it is clear that he and his family have touched many hearts.

Inder Manocha in forthcoming BBC drama

Inder Manocha has a supporting role in an adaptartion of Meera Syal’s book “Life isn’t all Ha Ha Hee Hee”.

Inder, who recently won an EMMA for best comedian and is regularly touring with his highly rated comedy act, will star alongside Laila Rouass, Ayesha Dharker, Meera Syal, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Ace Bhatti as well as the other supporting cast of Lalita Ahmed, Indira Joshi and Rani Singh.

Filming is currently underway and the three part drama should air in the spring.

Link: article: Meera, Laila and Ayesha – the trio to lead BBC1 drama

Link: source: Asians In Media

Bodiam Castle

Today Manoocher Samii came to visit for the afternoon, the sun managed to start shining through the clouds so we headed out to find a nice place for a walk… I got a bit lost driving through Tunbridge Wells and found myself miles from where I had intended to be, so we ended up visiting Bodiam Castle.

Built in 1385, most of the interior of the castle has been destroyed but the exterior shell is still largely in tact and enough remains of the rooms and spiral staircases to make it a fun and throught provoking visit. Today it was quite quiet and thus very peaceful. Although Bodiam was built as a defensive castle it was also used as a home and is beautifully surrounded by not only a complete moat but also many hills. It was a slightly rushed but certainly pleasant use of thirty minutes.

Clicking on the photo above will lead you to more photos taken on our visit to the castle, or for more information you can visit the castle’s page on the National Trust’s website.